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What other names is Yew known by?

Arbre Sacré des Druides, Chinwood, Common Yew, English Yew, Himalayan Yew, If, If à Baies, If Commun, If de l'Himalaya, If de l'Ouest, Ifreteau, Pacific Yew, Taleespatra, Talispatra, Taxus baccata, Taxus brevifolia, Tejo, Western Yew.

What is Yew?

Yew is a tree. People use the bark, branch tips, and needles of yew to make medicine. Yew bark is the source of the drug paclitaxel (Taxol), which is a prescription drug for the treatment of breast and ovarian cancer.

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  • Menstrual disorders, abortion, intestinal worms, swollen tonsils, seizures, kidney and liver disorders, cancer, and many other conditions.

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